Shoppers who avoided pre-dawn lineups and busy stores on Black Friday can snag some deals on Cyber Monday.

Retailers are offering some of their best deals online on what’s expected to be the biggest Canadian Cyber Monday yet — a study conducted for BMO shows 44 per cent of Canadians plan to shop online on the day.

Cyber Monday is the Monday following the American Thanksgiving weekend.

“As more Canadian retailers mirror U.S. sales promotions, there is the potential for significant activity on Cyber Monday. More than ever, Canadian shoppers are taking notice and adjusting their retail calendar,” Douglas Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets, said in a statement.

Canadian retailers offered Black Friday deals for the first time in an effort to keep shoppers on this side of the border.

Cyber Monday is the busiest online shopping day in the United States. Experts are predicting online sales to hit nearly $1.5 billion worldwide.

And for those who didn’t participate in Black Friday, don’t plan to surf on Cyber Monday and want something that can’t be found in a big box store, the annual One of a Kind Show runs through to Dec. 2 at the Direct Energy Centre at the EX.

Here are some online shopping safety tips, courtesy Trend Micro:

1. For Mobile users: Use your smart phone or tablet’s built in security  features.

Take five minutes to configure location and security settings.
2. Avoid using free but unsecured wifi.
Automatically accessing open wireless means opening the door to anyone.  Keep your automatic wifi option turned off on laptops, tablets and  mobile devices.
3. Look before you click.
Scrutinize every link, or mobile app regardless of source. According to  recent Trend Micro research, one in five users end up at an unexpected  on line location after clicking a link. Some of these locations  download malicious apps, others offer “too good to be true” deals  designed to reveal individual private banking or credit card  information.  Every link is not what it seems — the first Android  Trojan came under the guise of a Windows media player.
4. Before saying yes, understand what you are being asked.

Be careful about granting access to personal or device information or  allowing apps to perform unnecessary functions in order to work.  Many  free mobile apps use mobile adware to recoup the cost of the app, and  these ads frequently pose serious privacy-related threats, accessing  information such as call history, phone numbers, user location  (determined by GPS) and unique information about the phone, without the  user knowing.
5. Consider the small cost of an effective security app for your phone  or laptop.

Sometimes common sense isn’t enough to prevent a digital disaster.